Vegetable Garden Guide (L. IRELAND)

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Vegetable Garden Guide

Install Raised Beds And Grow More Veg For Little Effort

If your site is wet, stoney or you dislike weeding and digging – these two swung it for me :0), then installing raised beds is a must. Raised beds are now very popular and discerning veg growers love ’em. They can be built quickly and cheaply without needing much skill.

By installing raised beds:
*    you will increase the crops you harvest for a given area

*    you will raise crops with less time and effort

Box shaped raised beds are neater to look at and trellises can be erected by attaching them to the wooden sides. This creates a nice vertical growing space for beans and squashes. Most raised beds are just bottomless boxes. Simply nail the ends of the boards together, but screwing 2-by-2’s to the inside corners will make the box stronger. I find that raised beds are easier to maintain and they promote better plant growth because they`re not being walked on. Walking on the soil causes compaction which creates problems with drainage and oxygen availability to the vegetables roots.

Soil structure is important for vegetable growth too – and guess who`s best at developing this… worms! So with no need for digging, the soil structure is kept at its best. All that is required is to spread well rotted garden compost or manure over the surface and let the worms take it down into the soil.

Raised bed dimensions are usually no more than 4 feet across but can be any length – use a plank across the top of the bed as a walkway anywhere along its length. If you can only access one side, a 2ft wide bed is better.

Raised beds are very productive for food crops, you could get double or even triple the harvested crops you would get from an open ground veg patch.

After the initial time, energy and possible expense it takes to build them, raised beds are easy to prepare for planting and to care for. Along with being attractive, they drain well, make the soil much easier to tend after they are established, and warm up earlier in the spring for cool season vegetables like cabbages, onions and lettuces.

After the initial time, energy and possible expense it takes to build – raised beds are:

*    easy to prepare for planting and to care for
*    are attractive
*    drain well
*    easier to tend and manage after they are established
*    warm up earlier in the spring for cool season vegetables like cabbages, onions, lettuces etc


For more insights into installing raised beds visit Vegetable Garden Guide ( and study how I built mine. If you haven’t got the time or inclination to erect your own raised beds, don`t let it put you off as they will return a lot of pleasure to you. You can now purchase high quality raised beds with the added bon us that I have been able to negotiate a 10% discount for you.

Go to Building Raised Beds Review ( see the raised beds, then click on the the relevant link to the supplier.

Happy growing.


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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.